University of Wisconsin–Madison

Online Teaching and Learning

MSPE coursework is completely online during the Spring and Fall semesters and for six weeks during the Summer.

Upon enrollment in the program, students should

  • be comfortable using basic computer and Internet resources;
  • have consistent access to a computer with a microphone and reliable high-speed Internet.

The MSPE program utilizes a number of interactive computer technology platforms that enhance distance-learning opportunities:

Learn@UW is the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s online course management system, powered by Desire2Learn. Many MSPE instructors use Learn@UW as the main platform for communication. Students login to Learn@UW to keep up to date on course news, access course materials, participate in discussions, take quizzes, submit assignments through the dropbox, view grades online, and more.

Blackboard Collaborate is an online collaborative platform used for web conferencing. Blackboard Collaborate technology makes live class discussions, student presentations, debates, and other real-time activities possible. MSPE class web conferences are typically held on select Tuesday evenings between 7 and 9 PM Central time* during the Fall and Spring semesters, allowing faculty and students to engage in dynamic discussions about course content.

Many Google Apps can be accessed via UW-Madison student accounts. Instructors may utilize course-specific Google Sites and Google Drive to facilitate student engagement.

*When unavoidable conflicts with web conferences occur, instructors work with students to identify alternative contact times.